- Unitarian Universalism Connection
There are many sub-cultures within UUism: the Neo-Pagans, the high church New Englanders, the lay-led, Secular Humanist fellowships, etc. Though, the one thing that every expression of UUism has had in common is the fact that whiteness and its cultural norms have been at the center of each.
For over twenty years, DRUUMM’s (Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries) anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism work has been focused on changing the predominantly white UU institutions- through efforts to diversify, educate white middle-class UUs on their internalized racism and white privilege, and has preferentially used the language of “allyship.” While these are not futile pursuits on their own, the membership of DRUUMM, by and large, hasn’t felt like these efforts have produced a significant environment of inclusion. We believe that this is due to an implicit focus on the benefit of such changes to the white institutions adopting them, rather than to the People of Color already within them, let alone those People of Color who might otherwise find a spiritual home in UUism down the line. Instead, we would like to shift the focus toward the creation of a Unitarian Universalism without whiteness as its cultural, theological, and institutional center. This is a significant paradigm shift- away from attempting to gain acceptance by white UUism, and instead turning our energies to minister more effectively to and with one another.
Think about it:
What would a UUism that centers the cultures and experiences of People of Color look like? What music, academic discourse, poetry, art, food, and worship resources would result in an intentional effort to co-create a new expression of UUism that is for and by People of Color?
The UU Global Majorities Collective is an exciting new project of DRUUMM that will come together annually to develop and execute collaborative projects with the goal of building this new expression of UUism. We are hoping that all interested UU POC will join us at our first gathering in Detroit in August, 2017!*
Please consider making a generous donation to “The Collective.” With your assistance, we can co-create a truly diverse, truly revolutionary, UU multicultural ministry!
*More info coming very soon!
What do you say? Can we revolutionize UU cultural expression together? Can we raise $10,000!!???
Please continue to share this campaign with your churches, youth groups, social justice committees, etc. Hold bake sales, wash cars, do anything you can to help us meet this goal!